The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2nd ed. (Second Edition, Revised)

The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2nd ed. (Second Edition, Revised)

By: Donald P. Kommers (author)Hardback

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Kommers's comprehensive work surveys the development of German constitutional doctrine between 1949, when the Federal Constitutional Court was founded, and 1996. Extensively revised and expanded to take into account recent developments since German unification, this second edition describes the background, structure, and functions of the Court and provides extensive commentary on German constitutional interpretation, and includes translations of seventy-eight landmark decisions. These cases include the highly controversial religious liberty and free speech cases handed down in 1995.

About Author

Donald P. Kommers is Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


Foreword to the Second Edition David P. Currie ix Foreword to the First Edition Roman Herzog xi Preface to the Second Edition xiii Note on Translation and Judicial Opinions xvii Abbreviations xxi Part I West German Constitutionalism 1 The Federal Constitutional Court 3 The Basic Law and Its Interpretation 30 Part II Constitutional Structures and Relationships 59 Federalism 61 Separation of Powers 115 Political Representation and Democracy 166 Part III Basic Rights and Liberties 239 Economic Liberties 241 Human Dignity and Personhood 298 Freedom of Speech 360 Freedom of Conscience and Religion 443 Appendix A 507 Appendix B 519 Notes 523 Table of Cases 591 Index 601

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822318323
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 648
  • ID: 9780822318323
  • ISBN10: 0822318326
  • edition: Second Edition, Revised

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